Celebrate in the Festival Capital of the World
Festivals, Food, and Fun! New Orleans is a city where you can always find something to celebrate.
In New Orleans, the festivities and entertainment never stop. Whether it’s the French Quarter Festival or the famous Mardi Gras, New Orleans has plenty of festivals worth attending.
No matter your flavor, New Orleans is sure to have a savory Cajun dish guaranteed to satisfy your taste buds.Willie Mae's Scotch House
When you head to New Orleans, you’ll hear all about the gumbo, the po'boys, the oysters and all that jazz, but one of the single best items you can eat in this city is the fried chicken at Willie Mae’s. Located in the heart of the Treme, this place is old school NOLA at its very best.
Address: 2401 St Ann St, New Orleans, LA 70119
Parkway Bakery & Tavern
If there’s a po'boy standard-bearer in New Orleans, it’s likely Parkway Bakery & Tavern. The family-owned restaurant has been a neighborhood landmark since it opened in 1911 and was the site of an incredible Katrina comeback reopening less than four months after taking on six feet of water in the flood.
The infamous Surf and Turf, a roast beef and shrimp monster that should sate your appetite for about a week. Add a bag of chips and a bottle of root beer and you’ve got a meal that's sure to satisfy any appetite.
Along with the good eats, catch an outdoor movie at the Parkway Bakery each Monday during the month of May. Movie night features a themed po'boy specials, movie trivia, costume contest and more!
Address: 538 Hagan Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
Recently featured on the travel channel, Mother's restaurant is a popular cafeteria-style joint that's been drawing crowds with down-home Southern entrees since 1938. Locals and tourists alike flock to Mother's Restaurant for top-notch comfort food, classic po'boys and tasty breakfast favorites served all day. While there's often a line out the door at this Big Easy landmark, the bread pudding alone is worth the wait
Address: 401 Poydras St. New Orleans, LA 70130
Fun & Adventure
Looking for a good time and a fun adventure, any of these places are sure to give you that and more!
The Frenchmen Street entertainment district began developing in the 1980s. As Bourbon Street became more tourist-focused, Frenchmen emerged as a spot for locals to party, as it was more geared toward authentic New Orleans musical tastes. Located just walking distance from Bourbon and the French Quarter, it’s most popular section is a two-block stretch in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood, which is known for its wide variety of live music venues.
And best of all, on Frenchmen Street the drinks and admission are cheap and sometimes free!
Louisiana Swamp Tour
Looking for the ultimate down south swamp experience? Take one of the New Orleans Swamp Tours to get up close and personal with an alligator, cruise leisurely along the mysterious, moss-draped bayous and see exotic flora and fauna found nowhere else in the country. You never know what you’ll see and each tour is a unique adventure that never happens exactly the same way twice. To find out more about swamp tours and the many other tours New Orleans has to offer visit http://louisianaswamp.com/.
The Bayou Boogaloo is truly a NOLA-style party with lots of live music, food, arts and handicrafts. To keep the kids entertained, Bayou Boogaloo has a kid's stage, along with other fun games and activities for children. Some of those events include 5K race, the Bayou Boogaloo Bicycle Pub Crawl, a Bicycle Second Line and more. And, best of all, admission is FREE!
Where: Along Bayou Saint John at Orleans Ave. and N. Jefferson Davis Pkwy
Every year, the Voodoo Music Festival places New Orleans under a weekend-long spell of music, food, crafts and culture. The Festival began in 1999 and has grown in size ever since. For three whole days, the festival takes over City Park with two main stages and several smaller stages, not to mention countless local food and beverage vendors. Many local shops also take to the fest to sell everything from clothing to jewelry, art and everything in between.
Where: City Park 1 Palm Drive New Orleans, LA 70124